West Palm Beach Internet Sex Crime Lawyer
Laws regarding the internet are poorly defined due to its recent entrance into the world of crime. Their definitions and implications are constantly evolving and are often debated, and legislation for many issues simply do not exist yet. If you've been charged with a serious internet-related offense like child pornography, it's essential to obtain legal representation from a knowledgeable attorney who knows the latest internet pornography laws.
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When Is Internet Pornography Illegal?
Pornography is the depiction of sexual acts or sexually explicit subject matter for the purpose of sexual arousal. It can exist in many forms, including:
- Printed literature
- Film or animation
- Video games
In Florida, pornography is only deemed illegal when the subject matter includes sexual acts with minors (pedophilia) or animals (bestiality). It is illegal to possess, distribute or otherwise promote such content. Because the internet makes obtaining such pornography relatively easy, most illicit activities start online.
Consequences of an Internet Pornography Conviction
Internet pornography involving minors is a felony, and a conviction can alter an accused person's life dramatically and permanently. In the state of Florida, a minor is defined as any person younger than 18 years of age. A minor cannot legally give consent to a sexual act, so claiming consensual activity cannot legally benefit the accused. Even minors who record their own sexual activity could potentially face charges of child pornography.
Illegal activities include:
- Online solicitation or inappropriate communication with a minor
- Possession of a sexually explicit image or other media depicting a minor
- Traveling to meet a minor with the intent of sexual interaction
If convicted of possessing internet pornography, you could face a prison sentence of up to five years per count, or image. If you are convicted of promoting sexually explicit images of a minor, you may face up to 15 years per count, or image. In federal court there are minimum mandatory sentences for these types of offenses, from 5 to 10 years per count.
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